If you have been injured in an auto accident, we’re here to provide the guidance you need. As an established personal injury firm, we are known for helping people like you hold at-fault parties accountable. We have represented clients who have been injured in a wide range of auto accidents, including those involving ATVs, cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles, trucks and pedestrian-related accidents, for more than three decades. We stand up to insurance companies and negligent parties to ensure you get the compensation you need to heal from your injuries and focus on rebuilding your life.
Protecting your rights to compensation after an auto accident
If you are involved in an auto accident, it is important to follow these steps as quickly as possible to ensure your rights should you choose to file a personal injury claim:
- Call the police and seek immediate medical attention. No matter how minor an accident can seem, it is important to notify the police and seek medical attention for yourself or any other injured parties. Not all injuries become apparent immediately following an accident. Whether you think you’re injured or not, it’s important to be seen by a medical professional. Evidence of treatment records, doctors’ notes and medical bills greatly help your case and are necessary for proving injuries and medical costs.
- Get documentation at the scene. After a crash, things are often chaotic, but whenever possible, try to gather as much information about the accident as you can. Talk to witnesses and try to find people who will testify in court should your case go to trial. Take photographs at the scene, including damage to both vehicles, if you are able.
- Get repair estimates. To get recovery for lost property, you need to obtain estimates for the cost of repairing your vehicle.
- Contact an experienced personal injury attorney. If you’ve suffered injuries due to the negligence of another, it is your right to seek compensation. We are an experienced personal injury firm and can battle insurance companies and fight for the greatest possible award.
The best way to protect your rights after an auto accident is to seek help from an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney. We are motivated by a passion for helping injured clients receive the legal representation and compensation they deserve.
How is fault determined in auto accident cases?
Determining fault in an auto accident comes down to deciding which party was negligent. Sometimes it is obvious who is at fault, while other times, deciding fault can be more complicated. In certain cases, both parties acted carelessly and contributed to the accident.
One of the first things taken into consideration when determining fault is whether traffic laws were violated. If either party violated any of these laws, they have likely contributed to the accident. For example, rear-end collisions are almost always the fault of the person to the rear, because they are required by law to maintain a safe distance from the car ahead. Similarly, cases involving pedestrian-related accidents are almost always ruled in favor of the pedestrian. Sometimes establishing fault is so clear that insurance companies are likely to reach a settlement agreement.
If you have questions about determining fault in your case, or how to file a claim following an automobile accident, our firm, which is BV® Distinguished® rated by Martindale-Hubbell, is here to assist you each step of the way.
Contact us for legal advice
If you have been involved in an auto accident, you should first know your rights and then seek reliable legal counsel, especially if you have suffered injuries. At the law office of Kevin A. Zangara, P.A., we have spent more than 40 years representing clients involved in auto accidents. We promise to provide you with the kind of experienced legal representation you can count on. Contact us online, give us a call at 575.758.2919, or text us at 575-770-4770 for more information or to schedule a consultation.